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The Official SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

Since we first unveiled the idea for a new high-speed ground transport system called the Hyperloop back in 2013, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the concept. We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort.

Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.

For this reason, SpaceX is announcing an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX will construct a one-mile test track adjacent to our Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, currently targeted for June 2016. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.

Break a pod!
Submissions for participating in the Design or Build competitions closed at 5pm PDT on Sept. 15, 2015.

August 20, 2015 Update: Download the Rules and Requirements here.

June 15, 2015: Download the guidelines here.

  • Important Dates
  • June 15, 2015 Summary document issued (competition announced)
  • August 20, 2015 Detailed rules released by SpaceX
  • September 2015 Detailed tube and technical specification released by SpaceX
  • September 15, 2015, 5 p.m. PDT Deadline for entrants to submit their Intent to Compete
  • October 30, 2015 Deadline for entrants to submit Preliminary Design Briefing
  • December 23, 2015 Entrants submit Final Design Package
  • January 15-16, 2016
    Design Weekend
    In-person Design Weekend with all invited entrants.Location: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • June 2016
    Competition Weekend
    Selected pods compete at the SpaceX Hyperloop Test Track.Exact date and location TBA.
For additional information on the Hyperloop, visit